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Our History

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization. In addition to sexuality educators, sexuality counselors and sex therapists, AASECT members include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, as well as students in various relevant professional disciplines. These individuals share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

Past Presidents

P. Michele Sugg, MSW, LCSW, CST
2012-2014
William W. Finger, PhD, DST
2010-2012
Helen "Ginger" Bush, MSW, DST
2008-2010
Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, CSE, ABS, ACS, FAACS, MSC
2006-2008
Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS
2004-2006
Jean D. Koehler, PhD, LMFT, DST, CSE, CSSP
2002-2004
Dennis P. Sugrue, PhD, DST
2000-2002
Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, CSE, CSC
1998-2000
William Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhD, CSE, DST
1996-1998
Judith A. Seifer, PhD, RN
1994-1996
Sandra S. Cole, PhD
1991-1994
Jerome M. Sherman, PhD
1990-1991
David E. Scharff, MD
1989-1990
James Maddock, PhD
1987-1989
Theresa Crenshaw, MD
1985-1987
Sallie Shumacher, PhD
1984-1985
Thomas E. Gertz, EdD, DHS, DACS
1983-1984
Carol Cassell, PhD
1982-1983
Shirley Zussman, EdD, CSSP
1981-1982
William A. Granzig, PhD, CSSP
1978-1980
Michael A. Carrera, EdD
1978
Carl Schultz, MD
1975-1978
Earnest A. Hopkins
1973-1974
Dorothy Harrison, PhD
1971-1972
Jed A. Pearson, MD
1969-1970
Warren Johnson, EdD
1967-1968

Our Mission

Founded in 1967, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling, and education. AASECT's mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists.

Vision of Sexual Health

AASECT affirms the fundamental value of sexuality as an inherent, essential, and beneficial dimension of being human.

AASECT accepts as its mission the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists.

In general, AASECT opposes all psychological, social, cultural, legislative, and governmental forces that would restrict, curtail or interfere with the fundamental values of sexual health and sexual freedom that we espouse. AASECT also opposes all abuses of sexuality including, but not limited to, harassment, intimidation, coercion, prejudice, and the infringement of any individual's sexual and civil rights.

Professional Standards

With its history of impeccable standards for training, experience and ethical behavior, AASECT is increasingly recognized as the guardian of professional standards in sexual health.

Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSE
Chair, Public Relations, Media & Advocacy Steering Committee (PRMA)
Susan E. Stiritz, PhD, MSW, MBA, CSE, CSEC
Chair, Professional Education Steering Committee (PESC)
Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, MSc, DipPST, CSC
Chair, Communications Steering Committee
Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST
Treasurer
Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, CSE
President-Elect
Konnie McCaffree, PhD, CSE, CSEC, CFLE
President
Jo Marie Kessler, MS, NP, CSE, DST
Chair, Certification Steering Committee
Rachel Needle, PsyD, CST
Vice President of Membership
Michael McGee, PhD, MEd, CSE
Chair, Outreach Steering Committee
Chris F. Fariello, PhD, MA, LMFT, CST, CSE, CSSP
Secretary

Committees

AASECT President's Committee
  • Peggy Kleinplatz, PhD, CSE, DST, CSSP | Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Dennis Sugrue, PhD, DST | Awards Committee
  • Russell Stambaugh, PhD, DST, CSSP | Bylaws Committee
  • Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, CSE, ABS, ACS, FAACS, MSC | Nominations Committee
  • Cathy Ravella, RN, DST, CSSP | Personnel Committee

Staff

Ben McDonnell
Accounting Manager |
Janet Huynh
Membership Services Associate |
Alphonsus Baggett, MEd
Director, Education & Certification and Executive Director (interim) |